Christians boycott church services for PVCs

Most Christian faithful boycotted church services Sunday to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) at the INEC collection centres in Enugu

Some of the electorate told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu they took the action as Monday would be their last opportunity to collect the PVCs, as announced by INEC.

A medical doctor, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that she came to collect her PVC from the hospital where she had just finished her night shift duty and as a result could not attend church service.

“I cannot go to Church today, I am coming directly from the hospital because I was on night duty and due to the PVC collection, I decided to boycott church service.

“Because without it I will not be able to vote, “she said.

Kelechi Nwani, an electorate of ward six in Enugu South local government area, said he had been at the INEC collection centre since 8: 00 am, and had yet to be attended to since the past two hours.

He said his PVC had not been found as other electorate in his ward had been waiting for INEC officials responsible for the distribution of ward six PVCs to resume duty.

Veronica Ugwueze said she did not attend church service because she needed the PVC to exercise her voting rights during the elections.

“I have to come to this INEC collection centre for my PVC, because I really want to vote my choice of candidate, though; it seems the officers are delaying in distributing the cards to their owners.

“I commend the INEC for extending the PVC collection in all the states, this goes to show how much ready INEC is in the forthcoming general elections,” she said.

Mr. Emmanuel Ogbodo also said he came with his wife and three children to collect their PVCs as they were all eligible voters.

“As a family, we came all the way from Agbani Road to collect our PVCs because it is our right to vote and we will vote according to our conscience on Feb 16,” Ogbodo said.

He called on INEC not to allow politicians to collect other people’s PVCs other than theirs to avoid vote buying.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Officer for INEC PVC collection centre in Enugu South, Mr. Thomas Olawuyi, said there had been a large turnout in the collection of PVC.

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